The University of Liverpool has launched a scholarship programme, funded by the ScottishPower Foundation, aimed at young professionals in the energy industry.
ScottishPower, in partnership with its Spanish equivalent Fundacion IBERDROLA, will invest more than £1.65 million in research and education programmes between the UK and Spain with scholarships seeking to promote excellence in education in the area of energy.
Special emphasis is given to the development of renewable energy sources, the enhancement of biodiversity and improving the efficiency of the energy system. The scholarships aim to contribute to the education of young professionals with the capabilities required to lead the energy industry into the future.
Professor Werner Hofer, Director of the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University, said: “It is vital for our societies that we develop a more sustainable technology in all aspects of our economy.
“Educating students early with the problems we are going to face in the next two to three decades, and teaching them how to find better and more sustainable solutions, will be the key for a successful transformation.
“We are delighted that Scottish Power acknowledges this need with this joint initiative with IBERDROLA, and we look forward to working with them.”
Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “The partnership between the ScottishPower Foundation and Fundacion IBERDROLA helps continue the development of the UK’s future industry leaders at five leading Universities.
“Today’s announcement further demonstrates our long term investment in skills and education and encourages emerging talent at the highest level.”
Grants are available to those who wish to study towards qualifications in energy and environment related studies such as renewable energies, sustainable energy systems, environment and biodiversity, clean coal technologies, emissions management, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles and smart grids. The grants cover full enrolment costs and provide an additional living allowance of £1,200 per month.
The Masters scholarships are available to those applying for:
- MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
- MSc Sustainable Structural Engineering
- MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering
- MSc (Eng) Energy and Power Systems
More details on all scholarship programmes can be found at the IBERDROLA website.
The news of the 2014/15 scholarship programme follows the announcement last year that two Spanish students were awarded scholarships from the ScottishPower Foundation and Fundacion IBERDROLA to study at the University of Liverpool.
Alejandro Sánchez Lafuente arrived at the University last year to study an MSc in Energy Generation. He was joined on the scholarship programme by Ramón Agudo Porras, who is studying an MSc in Sustainable Civil Engineering (Structural).